Can Denis Shapovalov continue to impress under the tutelage of new coach Mikhail Youzhny?
<div><h2><strong>Bradley Klahn(Q) vs. Denis Shapovalov(8)</strong></h2><h2> </h2><p><strong>Thursday, September 26, Chengdu</strong><br /><br />Bradley Klahn has been on tour for seven years now, but never quite managed to break into the upper echelons of the Men´s game. The American has a career high ranking of 63 from all the way back in 2014, and hasn´t made it back there since. Spending the last 5 years outside the top 100, the 29-year old lefty made it back late last year, starting 2019 ranked world no. 76. His rise through the rankings can mostly be credited to his Challenger tour accolades, where Klahn has 8 titles, including Winnetka this July. However, that success hasn´t translated well to the main tour, where the American is only 13-40 in his career. 2019 has been another tough year on the highest level, with the 29-year old failing to find more than 4 wins on 18 occassions.<br /><br />Denis Shapovalov has been hailed as a next gen star with immeasurable future success to his name, but the Canadian hasn´t quite lived up to his talent level as of yet. Only 18 years of age, Shapovalov made his big breakthrough in 2017, reaching the Toronto Masters semifinal - eliminating Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal along the way. Since then, as is often the case with young stars, the current world no. 20 has been quite inconsistent. Mesmerizing ballstriking can disappear without any notice, to be replaced with shanks and double faults out of thin air. It´s especially been the red dirt that has plauged the 20-year old as of late. After making the Miami semifinal, Shapovalov went 2-6 on clay, and had struggled for form ever since. However, prior to the Winston Salem open, the Canadian linked up with former world no. 8 Mikhail Youzhny. The coaching change seems to have done wonders for him, and we´ve seen this from Denis´ performances of late.<br /><br />Though Bradley Klahn is a spirited lefty and has fought admirably to reach this stage, the opposition hasn´t been particularly challenging. Rarely does the American have what it takes to contend with the elite players on tour, and Denis Shapovalov is certainly elite on his day. Overcoming a slow start in a tricky opener against Ricardas Berankis, Shapovalov prevailed in straight sets by 6-4, 6-3. Looking at the stats, Klahn has only posted a 88.2% hold/break at tour level this season, even lower than his career average of 88.5%. Despite this being a very inconsistent and at times woeful season, Shapovalov easily eclipses that with 101.9%. With the recent improvements in the Youzhny regime, those numbers will surely climb as the season nears its end. All things put together, it´s tough to see Klahn proving to be much of a threat to the Canadian. At a 1.79 price with Pinnacle, backing Shapovalov to cover a -3.5 handicap seems the sensible choice.<br /><br /><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best bet: Shapovalov -3.5 games at 1.79 (39/50) with [Pinnacle] 2u</strong></em></a></p><div><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0003/1348572/WHC_27064_Updated-In-Play-Tennis-Insurance_1280x480NEW.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></div><h2><strong>Ashleigh Barty(1) vs Petra Martic</strong></h2><p><strong>Thursday, September 26, Wuhan</strong><br /><br />Ashleigh Barty continues her quest to retain the world no.1 ranking, and will have been successful in doing so regardless of future results, as world no. 2 Karolina Pliskova crashed out of the competition last round. For much of the early season, the Australian was the model of consistencty - winning both Miami and picking up a maiden Major title at Roland Garros. Coming into Wimbledon off a Birmingham title, the Aussie was the overwhelming favourite to lift silverware on her best surface, but looked out of sorts there and lost early. Electing to go back home to Australia and rest, Barty then continued to labour hard to find wins during the North American hard court swing. Though a Cincinnati semifinal and US Open R16 is certainly nothing to scoff at, it´s clear that the world no.1 hasn´t been playing her best tennis as of late. We´ve seen that be true here as well, with the 23-year old battling back from a set down to oust Caroline Garcia - and almost got pushed to a deciding set against Sofia Kenin.<br /><br />Nothing but her best tennis will do in this quarterfinal matchup, as in-form Petra Martic stands for the opposition. After overcoming a potentially career ending back injury a few years ago, Martic rebounded and went from ranked 659 in 2017 to end 2018 at world no. 32. This year has been even better for the 28-year old Croat, making the quarterfinals or beyond on 7 different occasions. In two of those Petra made the final, winning Istanbul on the dirt, and finishing runner-up to Karolina Pliskova just over a week ago in Guangzhou Premier. Despite all this success, one does feels that the 28-year old´s brilliant season is still being somewhat overlooked. Apart from a second set lapse against Rebecca Peterson, the world no. 22 has been excellent here in Wuhan, losing only nine games across the other six sets against Peterson, Kiki Mladenovic and Veronika Kudermetova.<br /><br />This will be a terrific matchup where two all-court players go at it for a semifinal berth. Ashleigh Barty loves the conditions here in Wuhan, and has made at least the semifinal in both of her earlier visits here. However, she still hasn´t looked entirely convincing, and a flurry of over 20 unforced errors in the second set against Sofia Kenin is worrisome. Qiang Wang was able to exploit the Barty errors in her US Open win, and the unyielding Petra Martic will surely take advantage of any opportunities given. Though the Aussie holds a strong lead statistically with a 200 point ELO lead and 6.1% career hard court hold/break lead, she currently isn´t playing to those lofty standards. Martic will see herself with much more than a puncher´s chance in this contest, and in this scintillating form will make things close. It´s tough envisaging anything but a longer contest, and as both players have been strong behind there serve this week - the sets should be long as well. 3 sets are quite likely, but we´ll settle for the over 20.5 games at Unibet, which feels a game too low in the circumstances. At a price of 1.80, that´ll be our investment in this contest.<br /><br /><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best bet: Over 20.5 games at 1.80 (4/5) with [Unibet] 2u</strong></em></a></p></div>